Mumbai : Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said the rail budget presented on Tuesday has disappointed the state. But, the state BJP unit has praised it.
“The budget is very meek compared to that of the UPA government. We had communicated state’s railway related needs to the rail department at the beginning of the year. We had also discussed that with the new railways minister. But, unfortunately there is nothing in the budget for Mumbai and Maharashtra. The budget has not made any provision even for the MUTP which is so essential for Mumbai. I fear this will adversely affect the railway development projects in Mumbai.” Chavan said. He also expressed dissatisfaction over no mention of Pune-Nashik and Nagar-Parali rail projects in the budget.
MPCC chief Manikrao Thakre too has criticised the rail budget. “Though the state is ready to share half of the burden for eight new rail routes in the state, the budget has not sanctioned any of it. This was a test for Modi and all the MPs in MMR region. But, both have failed miserably,” said Thakre.
Former NCP MP Sanjeev Naik said, “Voters from Mumbai and Thane are totally disappointed. We strongly condemn this rail budget.” Another former MP Anand Paranjpe twitted, “out of 2.20 crore rail commuters 85 lakh are from Mumbai. Still Rail Budget offers nothing to them.”
NCP state president Sunil Tatkare said that it appears as if the, “roll back to the rail fare hike is temporary. This rail budget indicates that there will be hike after three months.”
STATE BJP WELCOMES BUDGET
Meanwhile, Maharashtra unit of the BJP applauded Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda for announcing pilgrimage trains to Pandharpur and said the budget indicates reverence for the God that Maharashtra worships.
State BJP President Devendra Fadnavis said that the railway minister ensured that the budget lay stress on the safety of passengers, ensured that passengers receive the best of facilities and get to sit in clean coaches while they are travelling. PPP and FDI in railway projects announced in the budget will help railways improve the “basic” passenger amenities.
He added that the introduction of new trains, bullet trains on Mumbai-Ahmedabad route, has created an opportunity for the growth of infrastructure in Maharashtra.
BJP leader and Leader of Oposition the Maharashtra Legislative Council Vinod Tawde termed the budget as the “Modi’s development express.” He described the budget as a ‘balanced’ and said it has given justice to the expectations of all the classes.